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Smithtown BZA to Hear Hess's Requests for Further Variances, Wize Eyes

Town of Smithtown's Board of Zoning Appeals will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Senior Citizen Center.


Commack residents who oppose plans to build a Hess gas station will gather at the Smithtown Board of Zoning Appeals on Tuesday night. 

Town of Smithtown's Board of Zoning Appeals will hear further variance requests from Hess Corp to build in Commack, in addition to variance requests from Wize Eyes in Hauppauge. 

Hess Corp's seeks multiple variances from Smithtown Planning officials to build a 12-pump Hess Express with a 1,230-square-foot convenience on the Jericho Turnpike and Harned Road intersection in Commack. 

Hess's plans have been met with strong opposition from area residents at the application's first public hearing on Feb. 23, who objected an increase in traffic at the five-way intersection would result in more deadly accidents. Among those who spoke out against the application was state Assemblyman Michael Fitzpatrick, R-Smithtown. 

Those in support of the application say that it would turn a now abandoned, dilapidated white building into part of the local business community, providing a tax base for Town of Smithtown and Commack schools. 

Hess's plans were approved by a narrow 3-2 vote by Smithtown Town Council in March, with Supervisor Patrick Vecchio and Council Ed Wehrheim against the application. 

A lawsuit filed in combination by Gasoline Heaven and four Commack residents - Jonathan and Kathy Bacchi, Edward and Janice Fiorvanti - to overturn the town's decision claiming elected officials failed to fully consider the gas station's environmental impacts on the surrounding area. 

In addition to the Hess application, Smithtown Town Officials will also hear an application from Wize Eyes in Hauppauge  to request variance for increase signage.

The full list of applications being heard by Smithtown Board of Zoning Appeals on Tuesday night is available on the town's website under the Planning Department

DJ October 10, 2012 at 02:12 AM
Its called Gas Heaven cause the owner is in heaven as he counts all his "cash" because he runs the competition out of his area and charges more for credit card purchases. Go to Hess, same price cash or credit and NO lawsuits.
Lester11754 October 10, 2012 at 02:20 AM
Its so sad to see cowardly people attack one business owner - probably 95% of all stations charge different prices for cash and credit - (Yes I know Hess does not) - Did you know that Hess needs over 17 variances to make the new station work they way they want it too? 17 variances is about 12 more than the average site plan requests - doesn't that make people think that maybe Hess is trying to squeeze a square peg in a round hole with this project...
DJ October 10, 2012 at 01:36 PM
Wow Lester that sounds so technical. How many variances was Gas Heaven granted when he went from 2 pumps and a porta potty for an office to his mega station, repair shop and mini mart? Gas Heaven already got their square peg into that round hole and now wants to make Hess' round hole a pin hole so there wont be any competition. The mans actions make him look evil not because the internet says so.
Cathy October 10, 2012 at 02:14 PM
I'm sorry BV, but I have the skill and know how how to maneuver to an open pump, as most of us do on a daily basis at other gas stations.
Cathy October 10, 2012 at 02:15 PM
BV, you are so sarcastic. gasoline heaven just does not want any healthy competition.


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